Admissions

How to apply
Visit the UNC Graduate School website to apply.
 
The website provides detailed admissions information, links to programs offered at UNC and an online application for admission — the preferred form of application. 
 
The online application provides for prompt, secure and confidential receipt of application. Individuals who apply online can pay credit card, which ensures the application will be forwarded to the intended program the next business day. Applications will not be processed until the Graduate School receives the application fee.
 
Applications for the residential master's and doctoral programs must be submitted to the Graduate School by the second Tuesday of December (Dec. 13 for fall 2017 admission). Please note that there is a different deadline for UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduates seeking conditional admission through the Environment and Science Communication B.A./M.A. dual degree program. That application form and supporting materials are due to the graduate program coordinator by the second Tuesday in January.
 
The deadline for MATC applications is the second Tuesday in March (March 14 for fall 2017 admission). Certificate applications are due May 1 to start in the fall semester and Oct. 1 to start in the spring.
 
For application questions, please contact (919) 843-8307 or mjgrad@unc.edu.
 
Requirements
Minimum criteria for admission to the school’s graduate program include: 
a recognized undergraduate degree and, for doctoral applicants, a master’s degree or J.D. degree; 
an undergraduate grade average of “B” or better (3.0 GPA); 
minimum GRE scores of the 55th percentile on the verbal portion, 50th percentile on the quantitative portion and a score of 4.5 on the analytical writing portion. LSAT scores are acceptable in lieu of GRE scores for applicants for the J.D./M.A. and J.D./Ph.D. programs.
 
International students also must take the TOEFL or IELTS exam and:
score at least 105 on the Internet TOEFL exam OR
at least 260 on the computer TOEFL exam OR
at least 620 on the paper TOEFL exam OR
at least 7.5 on the IELTS exam.
 
Applicants who do not meet these standards can be admitted to the program only if the school offers justification to the Graduate School. Applicants below these standards will have to demonstrate substantial compensatory qualifications to be considered. Meeting the above criteria is not a guarantee of admission.
 
On average, entering students in the residential master's class in 2015 scored in the 78th percentile on the verbal portion of the GRE exam, the 57th percentile on the quantitative portion and the 70th percentile on the analytical writing portion. The class entering in 2016 averaged scores in the 77th, 54th and 70th percentiles on those respective sections.
 
Dual degrees
J.D./M.A. and J.D./Ph.D. students must be admitted by both The Graduate School and the School of Law. More information is available on the Center for Media Law and Policy website. Carolina undergraduates applying to the ESC program apply for conditional admission as juniors and full admission as seniors.
 
Notification
Because the school admits students only for fall semesters, the admissions committee meets only during the spring semester — generally through early March. Formal acceptance and rejection letters are sent from the Graduate School, which can take several weeks after the admissions committee finishes meeting.
 
After admission
The Graduate School sends out an official offer of admission. Admitted applicants must respond affirmatively by April 15 or within three weeks of notification of admission, whichever is later, and send a $250 non-refundable deposit. The offer of admission may be withdrawn due to the failure to respond within the stated time period.
 
Incoming graduate students must participate in an orientation program before classes begin. An orientation information packet is mailed during mid-summer. At orientation, students are assigned a temporary faculty adviser to help select appropriate courses for the fall semester and register for courses. Students also sign up for email addresses. It is imperative for accepted students to attend orientation.